A blog reader asked in a comment what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother thought of atheism and agnosticism. Since I couldn’t find a pithy conspectus by them on the topic, here is a synopsis based on whatever I have absorbed from their writings. It is followed by a passage from Sri Aurobindo’s work on social philosophy, The Human Cycle.
In the formative years of our youth, some of us experience those serendipitous and decisive moments which open new vistas and reveal to us our calling in life; one individual may chance upon a stirring piece of music and be impelled to become a musician; another may be captivated by an enigmatic pattern of numbers and subsequently enroll in math studies; and yet another might discover an uncanny aptitude for mechanical tools and go on to build a business around it. These are predestined moments, moments when the soul shines forth to disclose our purpose and guide us to our vocation in this incarnation. In the lives of mystics as well, we see such transcendental moments which initiate their entry into the spiritual path. This article presents some early mystic experiences of Sri Aurobindo as noted down in his poems.